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‘Aquaman,’ ‘Mary Poppins’ Lead Crowded Field in First ‘Star Wars’-Free Box Office in 3 Years

‘Aquaman,’ ‘Mary Poppins’ Lead Crowded Field in First ‘Star Wars’-Free Box Office in 3 Years
This weekend, the box office total for 2018 is expected to beat the all-time record set in 2016 with $11.3 billion, and it will do so with an overwhelming flurry of films on both the wide and limited release fronts.

Between this Wednesday and Christmas Day, seven films will open wide in movie theaters, five major specialty titles will get a limited release, and four more specialty films already in theaters will expand. Instead of “Star Wars” driving the overwhelming majority of box office business as has been the case for the past three years, a menagerie of movies will try to combine to replicate the impact that “The Force Awakens,” “Rogue One,” and “The Last Jedi” have had on the end-of-year charts.

And of the seven wide releases, three are expected to take center stage, starting with:

“Mary Poppins Returns”

The past two holiday seasons have yielded two hit musicals: “La La Land” and “The Greatest Showman.
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Aquaman sinks Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse at UK box office

DC’s marine superhero tops the chart ahead of the animated Spidey caper but Mortal Engines runs out of steam at No 5

Warner Bros proclaimed Aquaman “king of the box office as well as the seven seas”, as its oceanic superhero ended the two-week reign of Ralph Breaks the Internet at the top of the UK box office, taking £5.23m, including previews.
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‘First Man’ and ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Lead Oscar Visual Effects Shortlist

‘First Man’ and ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Lead Oscar Visual Effects Shortlist
Damien Chazelle’s “First Man” and Marvel’s “Avengers: Infinity War” topped the VFX Oscar shortlist. They will compete in the January 5 bakeoff with Marvel’s “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” “Christopher Robin,” “Ready Player One,” Marvel Best Picture contender “Black Panther,” “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,”“Mary Poppins Returns,” “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” and “Welcome to Marwen.”

Failing to make the cut, however, were animated upstarts “Incredibles 2” and “Isle of Dogs,” DC’s “Aquaman,” “Bumblebee,” “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,””Mission: Impossible – Fallout,” “Mortal Engines,” “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms,”“Paddington 2,” and “A Quiet Place.”

This season has become a showdown between “First Man” and “Infinity War” — reshaping in-camera VFX for Nasa’s trip to the moon versus Marvel’s brilliant CG Thanos. And a win for “Infinity War” would mark Marvel Studio’s first Oscar.

Nominations will be announced on Tuesday, January 22, 2019. The 91st Oscars will be held on Sunday,
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Next 3 Action Thrillers: 'Miss Bala,' 'Cold Pursuit,' 'Alita: Battle Angel'

Produced by Peter Jackson and directed by Christian Rivers, Mortal Engines (above) revolves around large mobile communities known as "traction cities." Based on the first in a popular series of novels by Philip Reeve and sumptuously designed, the action-adventure is set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, where it covers a lot of ground in telling its tale of courage and daring.  What lies ahead for action movies in the new year? We've picked out three upcoming thrillers that all look very promising.   Miss Bala Gina Rodriguez stars as an American woman who is forced by authorities to go undercover in a Mexican gang in order to clear her name of the crime the gang forced her to commit. The twisty thriller also stars Anthony Mackie; it looks to be...
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Peter Jackson’s ‘Mortal Engines’ Could Lose Up To $150 Million After Terrible Box Office Debut

Lost in the madness that is Christmas movie season, Peter Jackson’s “Mortal Engines” seems to be the first major casualty of the holiday. The sci-fi/fantasy film, based on the popular novel series of the same name, debuted this past weekend and was set to be a major blockbuster to compete with the likes of “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” “Aquaman,” “Mary Poppins Returns,” and “Bumblebee.” Instead, the film has cratered and will end up losing well over $100 million.

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‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ box office: Marvel superhero has a historic opening weekend

‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ box office: Marvel superhero has a historic opening weekend
Unsurprisingly, the number-one film in America over the weekend of December 14-16 was the animated film “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.” That makes this the 13th weekend of 2018 with a Marvel Comics adaptation on top — yes, Marvel movies have led the box office for a full quarter of the calendar. What’s more, “Spider-Verse” made history, and it looks like it could have long legs heading into the holiday season.

“Spider-Verse” opened with $35.4 million, which may not sound like a lot relative to other Marvel movies, but this version is independent of the gargantuan Marvel Cinematic Universe that has fueled Hollywood for the last decade, and it follows a different protagonist: Miles Morales (voiced by Shameik Moore).

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But those numbers nevertheless make this the biggest December opening ever for an animated film, besting “Sing” from 2016. And “Spider-Verse” got an A+ from Cinemascore,
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Spider-man: Into The Spider-verse Blows Up at the Box Office with an A+ CinemaScore While Motal Engines Bombs Badly

Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse and Mortal Engines both came out this weekend, and one of them did a hell of a lot better than the other!

Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse, which is easily one of the best films of the year, had a $34.4 million dollar debut! That’s pretty impressive as it ended up making more than projected in its debut. The movie also received an A+ on CinemaScore, which isn’t an easy feat, but the audiences seem to love the film!

As far as Peter Jackson’s Mortal Engines goes, as expected the movie completely bombed. The movie only pulled in $7.5 million domestically and $42.3 million world wide. After all is said and done, Deadline is reporting that the movie will lose at least $100 million. I guess we won’t be seeing those sequels that Jackson was hoping to make.

I actually enjoyed Mortal Engines for what it was,
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‘Mortal Engines’ Box Office Disaster Could Lose Universal $150 Million

‘Mortal Engines’ Box Office Disaster Could Lose Universal $150 Million
Mortal Engines,” the science-fiction epic directed by Christian Rivers and produced by Peter Jackson, has delivered distributor Universal Pictures a giant lump of coal this holiday movie season. The film opened December 14 in over 3,000 U.S. theaters and only grossed $7.5 million domestically opposite a reported $110 million budget. The title didn’t fare any better internationally ($42 million globally). As box office analyst Jeff Block of Exhibitor Relations told Variety, “This is a true Christmas disaster for Universal. They took a big swing, and they struck out.”

With “Mortal Engines” becoming an instant box office bomb, the film now stands to lose over $100 million for Universal. A report from Deadline claims that number could even skyrocket to $150 million depending on how the film performs through the Christmas holiday. Even if the film managed to get to $120 million internationally, it would still cost Universal around $105 million. Deadline reports that film finance sources asked
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Mortal Engines could lose over $100 million at box office

  • JoBlo
From the moment the first images and trailer dropped for the Peter Jackson-produced Mortal Engines the prospect of its success as a new Ya franchise were, to say the least, up in the air. The lack of major stars and a confusing premise made this one a tough sell, and despite having “from the producers of Lord Of The Rings” on the posters the movie came behind others…
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'Aquaman' tops UK box office, 'Mortal Engines' disappoints

'Aquaman' tops UK box office, 'Mortal Engines' disappoints
The Grinch’ holds second spot in 6th week.

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RankFilm (Distributor)Three-day gross (Dec 14-Dec 16) Total gross to date Week 1 Aquaman (Warner Bros) £3.8m £5.2m 1 2 The Grinch (Universal) £1.7m £21.7m 6 3 Ralph Breaks The Internet (Disney) £1.4m £9.3m 3 4 Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse (Sony) £1.2m £2.3m 1 5. Creed II (Warner Bros) £748,000 £7.4m 3 Warner Bros

Saline superhero feature Aquaman started its UK run at the top of the box office chart, with a £3.81m opening. Adding in £1.4m in Wednesday-Thursday previews, the film is up to £5.21m, and achieved a £6,320 site average across 608 locations.

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£200k short film project signs Hope Dickson Leach, Ian Bonhôte (exclusive)

£200k short film project signs Hope Dickson Leach, Ian Bonhôte (exclusive)
Ray Panthaki and Nathaniel Martello-White also among directors to sign up to initiative.

A £200,000 project has been launched to finance 20 short films that will provide a spectrum of perspectives on the UK in 2019.

The initiative been inspired by a variety of topics including Brexit, climate change, diversity and #MeToo.

Named The Uncertain Kingdom, the initiative comes from John Jencks, director, writer and producer at The Electric Shadow Company, whose credits include Out Of Blue and The Hippopotamus.

The Levelling filmmaker Hope Dickson Leach and McQueen director Ian Bonhôte are among the first four directors to be selected. Rising actor
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Brexit-inspired £200k short film project signs Hope Dickson Leach, Ian Bonhôte (exclusive)

Brexit-inspired £200k short film project signs Hope Dickson Leach, Ian Bonhôte (exclusive)
Ray Panthaki and Nathaniel Martello-White also among directors to sign up to initiative.

A £200,000 project has been launched to finance 20 short films that will provide perspectives on the UK as it heads towards Brexit in 2019.

Named The Uncertain Kingdom, the initiative comes from John Jencks, director, writer and producer at The Electric Shadow Company, whose credits include Out Of Blue and The Hippopotamus.

The Levelling filmmaker Hope Dickson Leach and McQueen director Ian Bonhôte are among the first four directors to be selected. Rising actor/filmmakers Ray Panthaki and Nathaniel Martello-White have also signed up.

Further established and rising
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Mortal Engines: Differences Between the Book and the Movie

Adam Shepherd Dec 17, 2018

Examining the changes – big and small – made to Philip Reeve's Ya novel for the Mortal Engines movie.

This article comes from Den of Geek UK.

Expect massive spoilers for both the Mortal Engines movie and the book...

It can be a little nerve-wracking when one of your favorite books gets adapted to the big screen – there’s always a worry that some of your favourite characters, scenes or plot threads will end up on the cutting room floor, or so radically changed as to be unrecognizable.

In the case of Philip Reeve’s Mortal Engines, a sprawling Ya novel that’s coming to the big screen under the guidance of Lord Of The Rings director Peter Jackson (who serves as producer on this movie), there’s a significant amount that has been altered or removed. A lot of the material that has been reduced or excised
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Win movie merchandise with Mortal Engines

To celebrate the release of Mortal Engines, in cinemas now, Universal are giving away 5 Mortal Engines bundles that include a T-Shirt, jumper, backpack, notebook, torch and scarf.

Thousands of years after civilization was destroyed by a cataclysmic event, humankind has adapted and a new way of living has evolved. Gigantic moving cities now roam the Earth, ruthlessly preying upon smaller traction towns. Tom Natsworthy (Robert Sheehan)—who hails from a Lower Tier of the great traction city of London—finds himself fighting for his own survival after he encounters the dangerous fugitive Hester Shaw (Hera Hilmar). Two opposites, whose paths should never have crossed, forge an unlikely alliance that is destined to change the course of the future.

Mortal Engines is the startling, new epic adventure directed by Oscar®-winning visual-effects artist Christian Rivers (King Kong). Joining Rivers are The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogies three-time Academy Award®-winning filmmakers Peter Jackson,
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Bo Report: ‘Spider-Man’ reboot can’t catch ‘The Grinch’

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Photo: Sony Pictures Animation).

Sony Animation’s Spider-Man reboot swung into Australian cinemas last weekend but trailed Universal/Illumination’s powerhouse The Grinch, which ruled again in its third frame.

Andre Rieu fans turned out for his concert filmed at Sydney Town Hall while Fox’s M-rated Once Upon a Deadpool had a middling start, in line with its Us debut.

Meanwhile Peter Jackson, Universal Pictures and co-financiers Media Rights Capital and Perfect World Pictures are facing a write-off of $100 million or more on Mortal Engines, which bombed in the Us.

Bruce Beresford’s Ladies in Black is winding down after 13 weeks, having generated $11.9 million for Sony.

Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma, which chronicles a turbulent year in the lives of a middle-class family in 1970s Mexico City, is having a brief run in a handful of cinemas including the Ritz, Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace Cremorne and
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Why ‘Mortal Engines’ Is the New Top Blockbuster Bomb of 2018 Box Office

After Thanksgiving weekend, it looked like the Lionsgate movie “Robin Hood” would be the biggest blockbuster bomb of the 2018 box office. But the Sherwood Forest revamp has now been dethroned by Universal/Media Rights Capital’s “Mortal Engines,” an adaptation of Philip Reeve’s sci-fi dystopian novel that opened to a mere $7.5 million domestically this weekend.

Most of this year’s box office flops have been mid-budget releases like “Annihilation” and “The Hurricane Heist,” rather than blockbusters with $100 million-plus budgets like 2017’s “Ghost in the Shell.” “Robin Hood” was the closest to that budget mark with a reported budget of around $97 million.

But “Mortal Engines” had a budget of at least $100 million, with some reports estimating it as much as $150 million. While Universal doesn’t disclose budget figures, it’s possible that the studio might not make back its production costs, let alone that of its marketing campaign. Overseas figures
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Mortal Engines bombs hard, expected to lose over $100 million

In a packed December that includes the DC blockbuster Aquaman, animated superhero adventure Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Disney sequel Mary Poppins Returns and Transformers spinoff Bumblebee, it was always like that at least one film was going to find itself struggling in the marketplace – and that film is Mortal Engines.

The Peter Jackson-produced adaptation of Philip Reeve’s book series debuted to just $7.5 million in its opening weekend in North America and has grossed $42 million globally to date.

Given it has a production budget north of $100 million, plus an expensive marketing campaign, Variety is reporting that Universal is likely to see a loss of between $100 million and $125 million on the film, depending on how it performs in China.

“This is a true Christmas disaster and a lump of coal for Universal,” states box office analyst Jeff Bock. “They took a big swing, and they struck out.”

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‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Big, ‘The Mule’ Strong; ‘Mortal Engines’ Sputters

‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Big, ‘The Mule’ Strong; ‘Mortal Engines’ Sputters
Sometimes raw figures don’t tell the full story. Case in point: This weekend, grosses dropped nearly 60 percent, or about $160 million, below the same results for the same three-day weekend, even more from the year before. Does this mean the end of the year has become a disaster?

Well, no. Why? Because most years see the release of top holiday films delayed closer to December 25 — the better to maximize impact and not worry about peaking too early. And this year saw no “Star Wars” title released.

By other comparisons, the results — which include decent or better initial takes for two new films (“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” and “The Mule”) and an ongoing impressive showing for “The Grinch” — portend an excellent end-of-year result.

Still, the absence of Luke Skywalker and company from this year’s lineup could mean year-end box office will stay close to the norm this decade. How “Mary
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‘Spider-Man’ Swings Into The Top Of The Box Office As Peter Jackson’s ‘Mortal Engines’ Stalls Out

This weekend’s box office saw the major debuts of three completely different films, with fairly different results. However, the worldwide story might be the most interesting aspect of the report this weekend. But before we travel overseas, we have to take a look at the domestic top 10 which was dominated by a young kid named Miles Morales, aka Spider-Man.

Read More: ‘Spider-Man Into The Spider-Verse’: Irreverent, Modern, Meme-y, Mashup Superhero Move Is Spectacular [Review]

Debuting this weekend, “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” dominated the box office with a three-day total of $35.4 million.

Continue reading ‘Spider-Man’ Swings Into The Top Of The Box Office As Peter Jackson’s ‘Mortal Engines’ Stalls Out at The Playlist.
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‘Aquaman’ Crosses $250 Million at Foreign Box Office

  • Variety
‘Aquaman’ Crosses $250 Million at Foreign Box Office
Things are going swimmingly at the box office for “Aquaman” as the Warner Bros.’ superhero flick hits another major milestone overseas.

James Wan’s take on the ruler of the seven seas just passed $250 million internationally, and a weekend haul of $126.4 million from 43 territories brings its foreign tally to $261.3 million. “Aquaman” — starring Jason Momoa — opens in the U.S. on Dec. 21.

Aquaman” has seen the biggest returns in China, generating another $54.2 million this weekend. It has now earned $189.2 million in the Middle Kingdom, ranking as the fourth-highest grossing superhero movie of all time in that territory. It launched in the mainland last weekend with a record $94 million. Mexico racked up $7.9 million when it opened on 1,715 screens this weekend, followed by Brazil ($7.7 million), Russia ($7.4 million) and the United Kingdom ($6.5 million).

Reviews have been surprisingly strong for the aquatic adventure, the first feature film centered on the heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis.
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